Iowa State QB Kyle Kempt granted sixth year of eligibility

Marco Green
February 10, 2018

He also helped Iowa State knock off then-undefeated and fourth-ranked TCU to achieve bowl eligibility.

Iowa State quarterback Kyle Kempt has been granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA, the school announced Friday. Kempt - originally a member of Oregon State - earned the additional year due to the coaching circumstances in Corvallis, as the quarterback transferred to a JUCO program after Mike Riley left for Nebraska following the 2014 season.

"We are excited that Kyle was given another year of eligibility by the NCAA", Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said in a news release.

In announcing Kempt's return, Iowa State also confirmed the quarterback has been put on scholarship for the remainder of his Cyclones career.

Kempt began his college career at Oregon State in 2013. Kempt led ISU to a 38-31 upset of the then-No.

Kempt guided the Cyclones to an 8-5 record last season, including a win over College Football Playoff participant Oklahoma.

Kempt passed for 1,787 yards, 15 touchdowns and only three interceptions in nine games this past season. Kempt completed 66.3 percent of his passes on the season, setting an Iowa State record for highest completion percentage.

"I've got to work harder than I've ever worked before", he said. He played in two games in 2016 and became the team's backup behind Park (who is seeking a graduate transfer) after Joel Lanning moved from QB to linebacker.

Redshirt sophomore Zeb Noland, redshirt freshman Devon Moore and true freshmen Re-al Mitchell and Brock Purdy join Kempt in the quarterbacks room, making the 6-foot-5 senior the unquestioned veteran. "So to be honest I can't change much in certain aspects, but at the same time I have to take a much bigger role in this team with leadership, and I've got to push myself to the limit". "We have a bright future ahead of us".

Kempt's extra year means that the Cyclones now return three big offensive contributors for the 2018 season, including junior-to-be running back David Montgomery and redshirt junior-to-be wide receiver Hakeem Butler.

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